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Beautiful hike! The colors were so pretty with a few aspens interspersed in the ponderosa. Keep your eyes out for the sign down to Maxwell falls off the trail - it can be easy to miss depending on which way you come up. You have to walk ~100m upstream to see the main falls. Also, please pick up your dog poop bags! We saw at least 6 bags at the trailside.

Excellent trail overall. Good views. Made it to the second lake above tree line. It is a deeper lake. No fish in it i could see. It was easy to lose the trail in spots due to the amount of paths made by previous people going off the main trail. My wife and I briefly got lost but back tracked. Not a big deal but be aware.

hiking
1 day ago

Bloody tiring but so worth the view! Don't get overconfident on the rocks - saw someone have a rough fall.

hiking
1 day ago

I absolutely loved this trail. Definitely do this hike FIRST. If you’re still up for it, do the Flat Iron Loop but dang, we did not expect such an uphill climb! Would highly recommend for immediate hikers looking for a challenge! The air is so thin but so awesome and the view can’t be beat.

hiking
1 day ago

We hiked this trail straight off the plane (not the wisest move) from flatland on a sunny warm day, but thankfully there is a lot of shade along the trail. Every now and then we were unsure of which direction to go, so a little more signage would be good. But since the trail is well-traveled we were with the same groups of people most of the way up and down which was comforting when we were unsure. At least we were not alone if we took a wrong turn. Worth the work. Take plenty of water. Dusty and challenging.

Nice moderate trail, rocky in some spots with a few steep climbs. Higher altitude than I’m used to hiking, so had to pace myself. Great views of pines and aspens that had bright yellow leaves, but nearing end. Small waterfall still flowing and nice backdrop for pictures. We went to the first lake which was crystal clear. Saw some goats high on the ridge at various spots along the hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike, a little crowded.

Great moderate hike with waterfalls, and three lakes - most people stop at the first one though so if you keep pushing on you'll have two beautiful turquoise lakes to yourself.

Perfect day today. Was able to see yellow leaf aspens still.

Not much scenery as it’s in a valley. Barely any changing of the leaves so not recommend right now if that’s your goal. Lots of uphill and rocky. Great cardio. Never made it to the falls. Heavily trafficked...

Amazing hike with views of Boulder and, on a good day, Denver. It was difficult hike, but well worth it.

It is beautiful and fun. It takes awhile to get to the falls so be prepared to hike! It’s also very much in the forest and you don’t see mountains or the sky a whole bunch.

Great hike!

walking
3 days ago

Great workout, lots of people doing the incline today, young and old. Positive vibes all around!

Don't be fooled. This is an expert trail. Lot of. Boulder climbing and uneven surfaces. The pay off is incredible.

4 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail.

off road driving
6 days ago

Broke a rear locker and still worth it!

Just as the last 2 reviews stated the first 1/2 mile was flat and uninteresting, but a welcome break returning. We hiked to the first lake and the trail was moderate and the falls and views at the lake were mesmerizing. We decided to continue to the second lake which was not a maintained trail and difficult to follow. There was some cairns to help but the trial is overgrown and parts were more rock climbing than hiking. The views on the hike were incredible and we met a mountain goat on the trail. The second lake was a disappointment, as it was most dry. It was 3.1 miles to the second lake with 1400 feet elevation gain. We lost the trial a couple times retuning but eventually found our way. Unless you want to views, skip the second lake this time of year. I am sure it is beautiful in the late spring or early summer.

Three stars because this trail is way too packed. You'll need to get to the trailhead between 6-8am although people tend to park on the side of the road. This is a moderate trail in the true sense. The beginning is mostly an incline and there are a series of ups and downs. You can wander a bit off the trail on certain parts for some amazing view points of the mountains. The flow and intensity of the fall will depend on the time of year you do it. Enjoy folks!

on Royal Arch Trail

7 days ago

Awesome views

7 days ago

Great for tourists

Read the "getting there" carefully. GO to the LEFT at the trailhead junction sign. First part on road is boring, but once it is a single track trail, the hike through the woods, to the waterfall and lake were awesome. I didn't realize there were multiple lakes, so I missed that, but I was mesmerized by the mountain goats. Three sets of mamas with their babies. They sure blend into the rocks if you don't know they are there. LOVED the goats...pics and more info here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/17/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-breckenridge/

A pretty constant ascent for most of the trail but the views are great and arch was so worth it! Though the elevation wasn't too high at the end, we had a little trouble with the altitude here since we're from the northeast (brought extra oxygen in case). Distance is not very long at all and was relieved that the descent was not super steep. Highly recommend this hike!

Great trail. The first part was an old 4-wheel trail, so I was a little disappointed. But keep pushing on, and it's a fun hike through trees, over rocks, and just a bit challenging. We made it to the second lake, and my husband made it to the third. Didn't see any goats today, but there's always next time. Colors were beautiful today.

I actually hiked this trail in the middle of winter and only saw 1 other hiker and her dog. It was quite peaceful and serene. The waterfall was frozen over and a perfect place to set up my hammock and have a snack. Not a hard hike even with some snow cover on the trail. A great winter acclimization hike for newbies.

hiking
9 days ago

Majestic arch!!!

Beautiful hike! Long one with heavily trafficked trail.

Great trail. Excellent views. Lakes are amazing. Lots of mountain goats!

Nice walk! Pretty easy but lovely and a nice morning walk that is not far from Denver! Hiked 8/16/18.

What a great hike! Just right for all abilities.

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